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Cleveland High School and Cleveland Middle School were recently named a Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase School. Capturing Kids’ Heart, a Flippen Group program, focuses on building a positive culture by connecting with students. This award is both a high aspiration and an exemplary recognition of excellence.
As a National Showcase School, CHS and CMS are recognized for their exemplary outcomes through the Capturing Kids’ Hearts process.
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Everyone aged 16 and up are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Health departments in the Southeast Tennessee Region have additional opportunities for individuals to get their vaccine.
In addition to offering extended hours, reflected on vaccinate.tn.gov , some counties will be offering first dose vaccinations on a first come, first serve basis, while supplies last. Please call your local health department to see when they are offering vaccinations without appointments or to get one of the many appointments, they still have available. County Health Department phone numbers are as follows:
In Bradley County, 423-728-7020. Polk County, 423-338-4533. McMinn County, 423-745-7431.
Please note the Pfizer vaccine is currently the only COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in individuals 16 and older. Individuals 16 and older may call the 866-442-5301 or visit vaccinefinder.org to find a site that offers the Pfizer vaccine. You must be 18 and older to receive the Moderna vaccine.
Prosecutors have dismissed a murder charge against Max Calhoun, who maintained his innocence after being accused in 2019 of killing a man nearly half a century ago.
Calhoun was the second person ever charged in the killing of John Raymond Constant, a baffling case that has become something of a legend in East Tennessee’s Monroe County. On March 16, 1973, Constant was found riddled with bullets and slumped inside his truck on the banks of what’s now Tellico Lake, kicking off a generation of speculation about his shadowy ties to organized crime and his supposed plan to turn FBI informant.
In February 2019, Tenth District Attorney General Steve Crump announced a grand jury had indicted Calhoun for first-degree murder after a witness had come forward to crack the cold case. The story made national news at the time.
But that witness, Knox News reported last year, only spoke to authorities after first exchanging Facebook messages with the victim’s sister. The witness claimed she heard Calhoun admit to the killing four decades ago.
Calhoun’s defense attorney, Jim Logan, learned about the Facebook exchange and obtained subpoenas ordering the witness and the victim’s sister to bring their cellphones “without modification” to court. When the women handed over their cellphones, Logan wrote in a motion, their Facebook messages with each other had been deleted.
Crump talked about the missing messages when telling a judge in Monroe County Criminal Court on Monday of his decision not to prosecute, Logan told Knox News.
The dismissal came one day before the case against Calhoun was scheduled to go to trial. If convicted, Calhoun, 69, would have died in prison.